2.22.2011

the Brioche Honeycomb Cowl

I was lucky enough to get my hands on the BagSmith's new super chunky yarn Blissa thanks Rebecca! and I am so in love with this yarn! It's an absolutely gorgeous alpaca85%/extra-fine merino10% & polyamide5% blend that has a nice loftiness to it thanks to it's crocheted tubular structure. It still has some alpaca heft but not nearly what you would expect, even at 85%. It is a pricey yarn, but if you are in the mood to spoil yourself buy some!

The minute I felt this yarn, I knew I wanted it wrapped around me and if I were a rich woman I would make a throw for every room in my house it's that sumptuous! I decided instead the next best thing would be a sweater with a nice big collar see photos below and since I had a skein left over a simple cowl.

The sweater pattern I'm still tweaking but here's the cowl inspired by my Misti Brioche Honeycomb Sweater Pattern

the Brioche Honeycomb Cowl
1 skein of Blissa (130 yds) splurge you deserve it!
#17 straight or circ's
darning needle for grafting
gauge: 1.3sts in Brioche Honeycomb stitch
one size
Flat measurements: 9"x12" (23cmx30.5cm)

This cowl is worked flat in a Brioche Honeycomb stitch with 2 panels of garter stitch evenly placed. The cowl is grafted together on a garter stitch row although if you don't know how to graft or want to avoid it use a 3 needle BO or sew it together.

Brioche Honeycomb stitch:
Multiples of 2
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: (RS of work): * K1, K1B *
Row 4: * With the right hand needle K the sl st of the previous row with the st above it, K1*
Row 5: * K1 B, K1 *
Row 6: * K1, K the next st with the yarn as row 4 *
Rep rows 3-6
K1B aka double stitch: insert the right needle through the center of the stitch below the next stitch to be knit so that both are knit at the same time. The “sl stitch” in row 4 refers to the stitch that “slips” out of the loop when you knit the stitch below it.


this image shows knitting into the st below




this image shows going under the sl st (WS) to knit together w/ st on the needle







Start:
Using a provisional (invisible) cast on, cast on 16sts and work in Brioche Honeycomb pattern for 10" (25.5cm) slipping the 1st st of every row. (Slipping the 1st stitch of every row although not necessary will give a nice clean edge. If slipping the 1st st of every row, K the last stitch of every row to maintain the stitch pattern. If not slipping the 1st st work the Brioche Honeycomb stitch across all 16 sts).
Work Garter stitch (k every row) for 6 rows.
Continue with Brioche Honeycomb stitch from Row 3 of stitch pattern for 10" (25.5cm)
Work 2 rows of Garter stitch. 
Pick up stitches from the invisible cast on and graft together (or 3 needle BO) with last Garter stitch row.
Weave in ends.




the stitch looks like this when knit up 










but is worn like this






Here's the Trellis Collar Sweater. I should have the pattern posted in the next couple of weeks. This is a hard one to take off because you feel so wonderful wearing it!



And last but not least, Happy Birthday to my baby! 2 years goes by too quickly!

8 comments:

peggy said...

Wow, that turned out really cool! I love the way the stitch looks at the bottom of the sweater, it creates a really neat type of ribbing. Nice photos too. And your baby is such a beautiful princess!!!! Must take after her favorite Auntie :)

Julie said...

wow, both the cowl and the sweater are really cool!! you have such an amazing eye for texture.

Katie K said...

Both the cowl and the sweater pattern are very cool. I love their proportion and drape. Thanks for sharing!

HappyKATT said...

OMG is she two already ?!

Anonymous said...

I love the crochet caplet,then I saw the knit caplet.I knit and do a very little crochet.The design look very easy to do.I dont have a google account I use yahoo.My e-mail :monroejean53@yahoo.com.I enjoy looking at all your designs.jean

Anonymous said...

I love the Misti Brioche Honeycomb Sweater
and would love to learn how to do the honeycomb stitch.
I like the big sleeves on this, it adds another element to the sweater.
email address is littlewind53@gmail.com

Janice said...

OMG I just love the Smart Cardigan. It is beautiful, simple lines and very stylish. You have done an amazing job.
I cannot wait to get in on the 2 in 1 socks. I will try them and see how I do.
Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Oh, here it is in English!! Sure, right after commenting to you in the Russian version. LOL

Thank you very much!

You're 2 hours' drive north of me.